Online gardening sales were down -22% prior Coronavirus

Online gardening sales were down -22% prior Coronavirus. Now IMRG expects online sales to grow, especially for  products that can help self-isolated customers such as home and garden categories. Read more

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CoBiLS) explained

Paul Basham writes to explain how the Government scheme will help businesses borrow from banks.  Growers will qualify.  There is also sector specific assistance for retail, hospitality and leisure. Read more

Key retailers to headline GIMA Day Conference

GIMA’s forthcoming Day Conference - open to both members and non-members - will be a must-attend for any supplier wanting to hear from two of the UK’s leading garden centres. Read more

Phillippa Stubbs

‘Enhanced’ Environment Bill goes before the Commons

The Government re-introduced the Environment Bill to Parliament yesterday. It follows the loss of the original Bill because of the general election in December. Read more

BHETA provides Challenge 25 collateral for bladed goods

BHETA is to provide officially sanctioned Challenge 25 artwork for suppliers, retailers and delivery companies involved in the supply of age-restricted bladed items such as kitchen knives and DIY and garden tools. Read more

GCA seeks an additional inspector

An expanding membership has prompted the GCA to start the search for an additional inspector to join the current team of 3. Read more

Iain Wylie

Choice Marketing names its top suppliers

History and Heraldry, Allensmore and Woodlodge were the Suppliers of the Year in their categories for the Choice Marketing Group of independent garden centres. Read more

The HTA needs to get onto the front foot

HTA chairman, James Barnes calls for the backing of members, especially growers, to hear him present plans to re-invigorate the HTA and to promote sustainability at the Cultivating Retail conference. Read more

James Barnes

New Wisley plant centre to have biggest range of unusual plants

The new Welcome building that opens next month at the RHS Wisley garden will sell more unusual and rare plants from one place than anywhere else in the UK. Read more

Gardenforum reviews a turbulent year for garden retail

Here’s your chance to catch up with some of the events in the retail garden sector that you may have missed. It was a turbulent year with the collapse of Gardman; around 60 garden centres changing hands or closing, Wyevale, Bunnings, Snow and drought. This is open to all. Read more

Gardman's fire started a turbulent year

Phil Gibbs leaves LOFA

LOFA has announced that secretary Phil Gibbs left the association on Friday 19th October as a new look board explores new opportunities for the association. Read more

9 new members for the GCA

The Garden Centre Association has recruited 9 new members bringing the total number of garden centres the association represents to nearly 200. Read more

Bell Plantation Garden Centre

New retail data service for BHETA members

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is launching a new retail data service for members thanks to an exclusive deal with research and data provider, GfK.  Read more

New chairman takes his seat at the HTA

Chris Pateman became chairman of the Horticultural Trades Association earlier this year. Part of his role is to be the new face of the HTA, representing the interests of members to Government and the rest of the garden sector. Read more

Chris Pateman

Suppliers say rising costs will have to be passed on

Latest figures from The GIMA Barometer of Trade (BoT) show that raw material costs have risen by 12%. These costs, says GIMA, will have to be passed down the supply chain. Read more

Covid-19 Friday update

Advice on Government loan guarantees and Business Rates Relief for garden companies. Garden centres turn to social media. Read more

GIMA Day Conference & AGM Postponed

In light of the current Coronavirus situation GIMA has decided to postpone the AGM & Day Conference that was due to take place this Thursday 19th March.   There is a plan to reschedule the event for later in the year Read more

HTA to introduce E-learning app - The HUB

This spring the Horticultural Trades Association is launching the HUB, its new E-learning app. Read more

YPHA doubles membership in a week

The launch of the Young People in Horticulture Association has caught the imagination of the industry. New members are joining by the day and it has received ‘wonderful offers of help from all corners of the industry’. Read more

Natalie Porter

Review of 2019

Here is a summary of the news stories published on Gardenforum during 2019:  Wyevale disintegration and the expansion of other groups, the environment, supplier consolidation and people in the news.  This review is open to all. Read more

Mike Lind on the GCA, independence and the minimum wage

Monkton Elm’s Mike Lind gets ready to hand over the chairmanship of the GCA and warns that the proposed increase in minimum wage could be a significant threat for the garden centre sector. Read more

Mike Lind

Facebook is best for Garden centres

Garden centres should focus on Facebook first…  The HTA marketing conference delivered advice and some great links to free resources. Read more

HTA reports on size of UK garden market

The HTA Market Update analyses the retail sales of plants, garden care products, pots and garden leisure. It also evaluates greenhouses and sheds and looks at garden services. Read more

Wyevale sells Bridgemere and Cheltenham

Blue Diamond continues its Wyevale buying spree buying Bridgemere, while Webbs buys Cheltenham garden centre. In addition 2 centres will close. Read more

Syon Park garden centre is to close

SmartPlant links with T&M

SmartPlants adds T&M to its growing list of commercial partners.  Customer receipts by the mail-order supplier will soon be accompanied by the newly developed SmartPlant 'button' to provide post sale advice. Read more

James Barnes is to be HTA Chairman

James Barnes, the former CEO of Dobbies, is to become the chairman of the HTA and will speak on behalf of the association with members and outside the industry. Read more

James Barnes

Cultivation St. Ambassador of the Year supported over 1,000 children

David Domoney congratulates this year’s Cultivation Street ambassador of the year, Dobbies’ Steven Purton, who regularly shares his expertise with a local charity, 4 schools, a college and a hospital to improve their communal spaces. Read more

David Domoney congratulates Steven Purton

£4m for new National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning at RHS Wisley

The Royal Horticultural Society will receive £4 million from the National Lottery towards a five-year project that includes developing the world’s first National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning, at the RHS Garden at Wisley. Read more

HTA Chairman leaves after 2 months

The HTA Board has announced that Chris Pateman has left his post as Chairman of the HTA citing family reasons and the long commute. Read more

Chris Pateman

Surge of bookings for the GCA conference

The GCA urges those who haven’t booked to act quickly as rooms for the annual GCA conference (21st - 24th Jan) are running out. This is the main networking event for top garden centres and suppliers, with top speakers from business, sport and entertainment. Read more

Matt Dawson

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